The Financial Times’ monthly “How To Spend It” magazine highlights the most luxurious shopping and places to see in the world, and in its current February issue the city for the “The Long Luxurious Weekend” is Lisbon.
It notes that “Portugalâ€™s capital city is fiercely protective of its heritage and traditions,” but “also embraces glamorous modern, high-concept developments.” The main photo is part of the Parque das NaÃ§Ãµes skyline, showing the distinctive SÃ£o Gabriel and SÃ£o Rafael Towers next to the Atlantic Pavilion.
The recommended places to stay were all boutique hotels (As Janelas Verdes, Bairro Alto Hotel, Solar do Castelo, and York House), in addition to one design hotel (Fontana Park) and one luxury hotel (Lapa Palace).
For shopping, two of the highlights were the Fabrico Infinito shop for home accessories and Santâ€™Anna for quality ceramics.
As sightseeing choices, it points to the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, the Ancient Art Museum, the Santa Justa Elevator, and the Fado Museum, along with two off-the-beaten path addresses, the Medeiros e Almeida Museum and the MÃ£e Dâ€™Ãgua Reservoir thatâ€™s part of the landmark aqueduct.
It ends with a “Pessoa tour,” following the footsteps of famous 20th century poet Fernando Pessoa, with a visit to his house-museum and with the help of his guidebook “Lisbon: What the Tourist Should See” which the article found to be “an excellent guidebook â€“ despite having been written in 1925.”
You can read the entire article here where you can click on the February 2009 issue.